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United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Oklahoma Crop Weather Oklahoma Field Office Cooperating with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry P.O. Box 528804 · Oklahoma City, OK 73152-8804 (405) 522-6190 · FAX (405) 528-2296 · www.nass.usda.gov/ok A combined contribution with Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma Mesonet -over- USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Information provided by respondents on NASS surveys, will remain completely confidential, as required by Federal law. NASS safeguards the confidentiality of all responses, ensuring that no individual producer or operation can be identified. Volume 36, Number 5 Weekly Summary for Mar 11-Mar 17 Issued March 18, 2013 Crop Conditions Improving Wheat was rated mostly good to fair, with 37 percent rated poor to very poor. Canola condition ratings also improved, but were still rated mostly fair to poor. Only a few showers fell in Oklahoma over the past week, mainly in eastern Oklahoma. March is off to a dry start, and six of the nine districts have received less than half of normal precipitation for the period since March 1st. Temperatures warmed up the second half of the week to springtime highs averaging in the 70’s. Warmer weather encouraged growth of grasses and pasture. However, higher temperatures and winds in western Oklahoma resulted in losing some topsoil moisture. The March 12th Drought Monitor showed improvements to drought conditions, although the entire state was still rated moderate drought or higher. Parts of eastern Oklahoma were downgraded from severe to moderate drought. Topsoil moisture conditions continued to be rated mostly adequate, but the percentage rated short increased to 32 percent. Subsoil moisture conditions were still rated mostly short to very short with 14 percent of the state rated as adequate. There were six days suitable for fieldwork on average across the state. Small Grains: Condition ratings for all small grains and canola continued to improve. Wheat, rye and oats were rated mostly good to fair, while canola was rated mostly fair to poor. Wheat jointing was 31 percent complete by Sunday, on track with the five-year average. Rye jointing was 35 percent complete eight points behind of normal progress. Oat planting continued with spring oats and was 76 percent complete by the end of the week, seven points behind the five-year average. Row Crops: Seedbed preparation was behind normal for most crops, as many producers are still waiting to make planting decisions. Corn seedbed preparation was 42 percent complete by the end of the week. Sorghum seedbed preparation was 23 percent complete by Sunday, six points ahead of the five-year average. Soybean seedbed preparation was 13 percent complete by week’s end, and cotton seedbed preparation was 26 percent complete, both behind normal. Peanut seedbed preparation was five percent complete, 18 points behind the five-year average. Pasture and Livestock: Conditions of pasture and range improved slightly, but continued to be rated mostly poor to very poor. The recent moisture and warm temperatures have allowed for some recovery, but the availability of pasture was still limited. Stock pond levels have improved somewhat but water is still a major issue as summer approaches. Livestock conditions were still rated mostly good to fair. Soil Moisture Conditions by Percent Week Ending Sunday, March 17, 2013 Moisture Rating Current Week Previous Week One Year Ago Topsoil Very Short 14 14 7 Short 32 27 26 Adequate 53 57 63 Surplus 1 2 4 Subsoil Very Short 44 46 28 Short 42 42 31 Adequate 14 12 40 Surplus 0 0 1 Conditions by Percent For Week Ending Sunday, March 17, 2013 Commodity Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent Wheat 15 22 39 23 1 Canola 22 29 27 21 1 Rye 18 16 32 31 3 Oats 11 19 41 27 2 Livestock 4 16 43 33 4 Pasture and Range 39 34 22 5 0
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|Title||Oklahoma crop weather, 03/18/2013, v.36 no.5|
Oklahoma. Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
United States. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Oklahoma Field Office.
|Purpose||Crop Conditions Improving|
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